Many greetings for a healthy and prosperous 2013! As we embark on a new year filled with potential, we would like to share some highlights of 2012, which was a landmark year for Rare Violins of New York.
We've had an extraordinarily successful year of sales, with several fine Stradivari and Guarneri violins finding new homes. A surprise for many customers was to find that we not only sell rare violins, but have great sounding instruments in all ranges. The market is very strong, and in anticipation of the coming year we are making every effort to strengthen our acquisitions.
Our activities this past year, as always, have grown from our commitment to foster appreciation for high quality stringed instruments, both antique and contemporary. We were intrigued when organizers with International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) invited us as special exhibitors – in cooperation with our colleague, Stewart Pollens – to take part in the American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF). Their decision to present fine stringed instruments arose in response to a growing trend toward musical instrument investment among art collectors. Our involvement in AIFAF 2012 provided a compelling counterpart to the fine art objects of other exhibitors, with a selection of instruments including violins by Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, and Guadagnini.
The tradition of great craftsmanship established by these master luthiers continues forward to the present. At Rare Violins of New York, we have always been supportive of new makers, so we are particularly excited that Bruno recently joined the Violin Society of America’s (VSA) Board of Directors. The VSA's dedication to research and sharing of information has been at the center of the extraordinary rise in violin making standards. Today, many of the very finest makers are here in the United States.
We are well into our third year at our “new” location in the historic landmark building The Beaufort, which is conveniently close to Carnegie Hall. New York City continues to adapt with the times and our neighborhood is no exception. While our building has not moved, it is now located at the intersection of 57th Street and the newly established “6 ½ Avenue,” christened this year and completed with a traffic light, street sign, and crosswalk that leads to our building’s main entrance. Meanwhile, the newest building in the neighborhood, which will become the tallest residential building in New York upon completion in 2013, remains under construction. Named “One57,” this building made headlines in early November when its massive crane collapsed in the early hours of Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of people were evacuated from within a seven block radius, under threat of the crane’s huge boom that dangled precariously above 57th Street. Finally, after a week spent waiting with baited breath, we were allowed to return to the shop.
In 2013 we will launch our new website: same address (www.RareViolins.com), new design. We are in the process of completing the final details and we would like your input! Let us know what features and information you would like to find on our website. You can share your suggestions by email (Violins@rvny.com) or on Facebook (Rare Violins of New York ), where you can also “visit us” for regular RVNY updates.
We would like to thank you for your business and continuing support, and wish you a Happy New Year!
Looking forward to seeing you in 2013,
Bruno Price and Ziv Arazi,
RARE VIOLINS of NEW YORK